Review and Photography by Chontalle Musson
Even though the pavement was hot enough to cook an egg, that didn’t stop Brisbane pop-punk fans from packing the iconic Crowbar on Friday night. The lineup looked great, and so did the free chilled water.
Local band Shorelines kicked off the evening, really showing the crowd just what the Brisbane pop-punk scene is about. From catchy chord progressions and high jumps the band really brought their all to the stage. There’s nothing like a song about how “I’ll be just fine leave it all behind, show you how it’s really supposed to be” to really getting your emo heart beating and your feet off the ground.
Also joining As It Is on their Australian wide tour was Stuck Out. Even though “sometimes silence is golden”, now wasn’t the time for silence and there were screams of excitement as the band took the stage. Clearly a crowd favourite, the Melbourne natives didn’t disappoint.
As the night unfolded, British emo-rock band As It Is took to the stage. Fresh off the announcement that they will be performing on the main stage at Reading and Leeds Festival energies were high, as proud fans screamed words of praise at the four piece. Launching right into their set, the band wasted no time getting started, kicking off the night with ‘The Reaper’ taken from their latest album, that gave the tour its name, The Great Depression, and my personal favourite, ‘The Handwritten Letter’, during which guitarist Ronnie Ish delivered positive fist bumps to the front row. It was hard not to notice that lead singer Patty Walters, was unusually equipped with a mic-stand, explained upon further inspection by the bandage on his arm. He later tells the crowd that he spent the night in Sydney hospital with a medical mystery and is taking it easy, though it has little impact on the quality of the night’s performance. Mixing it up with songs from all albums the band delivered a well thought out set along with a long-time fan favourite ‘Winters Weather’ from Never Happy, Ever After (Deluxe Edition) there wasn’t a person singing along as the first lyric “how long, how long until I’m no longer a shadow” rung out through the venue. Mid-set there was a shift to a few of the band’s older, more pop-punk influenced tracks. In true Reading and Leeds Festival style (preparation is key, after all), during ‘Okay’, a circle broke out as pop-punk kids took over the floor of Crowbar, fuelled by the music alone. It was easy to see why As It Is got booked for one of the biggest UK summer festivals; the band performs with such love and passion, you can feel the love and connection the four members have with their music and love to share with the world one show at a night. As It Is arrived back in Australia with a bang. The four piece put on an epic rock show, which left fans longing for more well after the show had come to its end.
As It Is